EU to add Japan to safe travel list, leave UK off for now

Check out the timeline to find out how the EU is tackling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in 2021. Discover what action the EU is taking in 2021 for the roll-out of vaccines and treatment, to boost the economy, employment, society, travel and transport and to help its partners worldwide to fight COVID-19, Society.

You can also check out the 2020 coronavirus timeline. COVID-19 timeline 2021  description: Follow the events of 2021   Vaccines and treatment Economy Employment and society Travel and transport EU global response 20-05-2021

Additional 1.8 billion doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine

title short description: The EU signs a new contract with BioNTech-Pfizer ensuring the delivery of 1.8 billion doses of vaccine for 2021-2023. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

20-05-2021

Support to Nepal

title short description: The EU provides medical equipment such as oxygen cylinders, ventilators, tests and masks in respond to Nepal’s request for support Tag:EU global response

20-05-2021

EU Digital Covid Certificate: Parliament and Council reach deal

title short description: Parliament and the Council reach a provisional deal for an EU Digital Covid Certificate, which should facilitate free movement in Europe during the pandemic by attesting that someone has been vaccinated, received negative test or recovered from the coronavirus. Parliament should confirm the deal during a plenary session in June and it will then enter into force on 1 July. Tag:Travel and transport

19-05-2021

MEPs discuss waiver of patents for vaccines and medical products against Covid-19

title short description: MEP discussed a proposal to waiver intellectual property rights for vaccines and medical products against Covid-19. While some think it could improve global access to affordable vaccines and medical products, others believe it cannot bring quick results. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

29-04-2021

Parliament ready for negotiations on EU Covid-19 certificate

title short description: Parliament wants to reach an agreement with the Council on a certificate for easier safe travelling during the pandemic before the summer. MEPs want no additional restrictions for certificate holders and called for access to “universal, accessible, timely and free of charge testing”. Tag:Travel and transport

27-04-2021

EU provides medical equipment to India

title short description: The EU ships urgently needed oxygen, medicine and equipment to India. Tag:EU global response

20-04-2021

EU supports vaccination campaigns in Africa with €100 million

title short description: The EU initiative to support a fast and safe rollout of Covid-19 vaccines for Africa is worth €100 million. Funds will be invested in activities such as capacity building, logistic and the rollout of vaccines in conflict and difficult reachable areas. It will be implemented in cooperation with Africa Centres for Disease control and Prevention and other international partners. Tag:EU global response

20-04-2021

EU provides vaccines for Western Balkans

title short description: The EU provides 651,000 BioNTech/Pfizer doses for the Western Balkans with the first delivery in May. Austria will help with the distribution. Tag:EU global response

14-04-2021

Agreement on faster vaccines delivery

title short description: Pharmaceutical company BioNTech-Pfizer agrees to speed up the delivery of vaccines and provide 50 million additional doses in the second quarter of 2021. Doses were initially foreseen for the fourth quarter of 2021. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

07-04-2021

€123 million for research into coronavirus variants

title short description: The EU mobilises €123 million from new research and innovation programme Horizon Europe for research into coronavirus variants. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

25-03-2021

New strategy for tourism

title short description: MEPs want a new EU strategy to get tourism back to its feet after the pandemic and make it cleaner, safer and more sustainable. Tag:Travel and transport

22-03-2021

EU countries agreed on technical specifications for EU Covid-19 certificate

title short description: EU countries agreed on the main technical specifications for the EU Covid-19 certificate, which is crucial for the establishment of the necessary infrastructure. Tag:Travel and transport

17-03-2021

Travel certificate proposal

title short description: To enable easier movement during the pandemic, the European Commission is proposing the digital green certificate, providing proof of vaccination, a negative test or recovery from Covid-19. Tag:Travel and transport

16-03-2021

MEPs question experts on Covid-19 variants

title short description: Parliament’s public health committee discussed coronavirus mutations and the efficacy of existing vaccines with experts from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

11-03-2021

Johnson & Johnson vaccine authorised

title short description: A Covid-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson is granted conditional market authorisation in the EU. It is the fourth vaccine authorised, following a positive scientific recommendation by the European Medicines Agency. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

10-03-2021

Up to 4 million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine

title short description: EU countries can purchase up to four million additional doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine, for delivery before the end of March. Doses come on top of agreed deliveries. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

09-03-2021

New health programme approved

title short description: MEPs adopt the new EU4Health programme to help EU strengthen health systems and prepare them to better cope with potential future crises. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

07-03-2021

EU helps Moldova, Montenegro and North Macedonia

title short description: The EU helps Romania to deliver vaccine to Moldova and provided medical equipment to North Macedonia and Montenegro to help them cope with the pandemic. Tag:EU global response

25-02-2021

MEPs question pharma CEOs on vaccine delivery

title short description: In a discussion with pharmaceutical companies, MEPs demand clarity and insisted on the respect of contracts. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

17-02-2021

Up to 300 million additional doses of Moderna vaccine

title short description: EU countries can purchase an additional 150 million doses of the Moderna vaccine in 2021 with an option for additional 150 million doses in 2022. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

17-02-2021

Preparedness plan for new Covid-19 variants

title short description: The European Commission’s Hera incubator plan aims to ensure fast development, approval and production of vaccines for new Covid-19 variants. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

10-02-2021

MEPs call for urgent measures to ramp up vaccine production

title short description: The EU must continue its concerted efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and take urgent measures to ramp up vaccine production, MEPs say in a plenary debate. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

10-02-2021

Recovery and Resilience Facility adopted

title short description: Parliament adopts the €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility, the flagship programme in the Covid-19 recovery plan, to support EU countries in mitigating the economic and social consequences of the pandemic and prepare EU economies for a sustainable, digital future. Tag:Economy

10-02-2021

Relief measures for aviation

title short description: Parliament adopts an agreement with member states allowing airlines to use at least 50% of their planned take-off and landing slots for the 2021 summer and winter seasons, instead of the 80% required before the pandemic. The “use it or lose it” rule had already been temporarily suspended in March 2020 to avoid airlines operating empty flights. Tag:Travel and transport

05-02-2021

Transparency about vaccine supplies

title short description: Parliament’s public health committee asks for transparent data on the number of vaccine doses supplied a for each country as well as the vaccination schedule on a monthly basis, to avoid disinformation. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

29-01-2021

Mechanism for exports of Covid-19 vaccines

title short description: Companies that have concluded Advance Purchased Agreements with the EU have to notify member state authorities about any plans to export vaccines produced in the EU. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

29-01-2021

AstraZeneca vaccine authorised

title short description: A Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca is granted a conditional marketing authorisation. It is the third vaccine authorised, following a positive scientific recommendation by the European Medicines Agency. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

28-01-2021

Guidelines on proof of vaccination

title short description: EU countries adopt guidelines on proof of vaccination that could be used if they decide to deploy vaccination certificates in order to make them interoperable. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

28-01-2021

Flexibility under state aid rules

title short description: The European Commission adopts temporary measures allowing EU countries to provide grants, loans and safeguards to companies to help support the economy during the crisis. Tag:Economy

21-01-2021

Aid for those in need

title short description: Parliament adopts an agreement to make additional resources available in 2021 and 2022 to provide food and basic assistance to the most deprived. Tag:Employment and society

19-01-2021

Call for more solidarity and transparency

title short description: MEPs call for more unity and clarity during a debate on the roll-out of vaccines and the EU’s vaccines strategy. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

08-01-2021

Up to 300 million additional doses of BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine

title short description: EU member states can purchase an additional 200 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by BioNTech and Pfizer, with the option to acquire another 100 million doses. Tag:Vaccines and treatment

06-01-2021

Moderna vaccine authorised

title short description: A Covid-19 vaccine developed by Moderna is granted a conditional market authorisation in the EU. It is the second vaccine authorised, following a positive scientific recommendation by the European Medicines Agency. Tag:Vaccines and treatment


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